Rethinking Women's Leadership in Business

Contributors – Keynotes & Organizers

Si Alhir

Transformation (Agility/Resilience/Antifragility) Leader – Entrepreneur, Author, Coach, Consultant, Practitioner

Entrepreneur, author, enterprise business agility/resilience/antifragility and digital transformation leader, coach, consultant, and practitioner (catalyst/alchemist) who partners with individuals, teams, and enterprises in calibrating business, strategy/foresight, leadership, culture/humanity, execution, and technology to achieve business outcomes and growth in a disruptive world — with over four decades of working with start-ups and the Fortune 500.

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Denise DiPiano

Strategic Human Resource Leader

Visionary HR leader offering integrity, creativity, and quality, leveraging 20 years of corporate experience to assist organizations in reshaping their approach from traditional Human Resource mindset to one that embraces todays business needs to become and remain agile.

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Edie Fraser

Chief Executive Officer at Women Business Collaborative

Edie is Ceo of non-profit Women Business Collaborative accelerating women leaders in business. Edie remains a Man Dir of Diversified Search. Edie was Chairman & Founder of STEMconnector® and its Million Women Mentor(MWM) Initiative building the one stop communications and best practices Initiative for STEM. She served as a vice Chair of Diversified Search where she previously directed the Washington and government business. She brings to her role over four decades of experience in supporting diversity at the most senior levels of corporations, organizations and government in the U.S. and globally.

Prior to joining Diversified Search and STEMconnector(R) , Edie was Founder and CEO of Diversity Best Practices (DBP), a member service for diversity practitioners where she designed the CEO Diversity Leadership program, including the prestigious CEO Diversity Awards. She was publisher of the CEO Magazine, The Diversity Primer and The Diversity Officer. Edie is also the founder of the Business Women’s Network (BWN).

Edie has won 53 major leadership awards for Diversity, Women, STEM, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Edie is in the Enterprising Women’s Hall of Fame and a founding member of C200 and received the Mosaic Award from Diversity Woman. Edie was The first woman Chair of the World Affairs Council of DC and a member of The Economic Club of Washington DC, Honorary or Advisory Boards of several major organizations such as ATHENA and Enterprising Women and its Foundation. She served for four years on the National Board of SCORE given her commitment to her Dad who served SCORE for many decades. Edie helped to build the Women’s Advisory Board of Office Depot. She formed the Women’s Advisory Board for Inter-Continental Hotels. Edie has served on the Board for the Business School at the University of Maryland, the Journalism School of the University of Tennessee, and the Women’s Center in Nigeria, and has been honored by all three. Edie is active on several community boards and had been an officer of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the National Capital Area for 26 years.

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Felicity Hassan

Managing Director of Audeliss & Board Member at Women Business Collaborative

I lead two businesses out of New York: Audeliss is a retained search firm that works to level the playing field for diverse talent in the Executive suite and Board room; INvolve is a membership and advisory firm looking to drive inclusion and belonging.

I started my career in London and moved to New York in 2008 where I had the opportunity to partner with a great Executive Search firm to build out their Corporate Governance practice. My focus expanded significantly when I moved in-house to build out the global talent acquisition team for Bloomberg and subsequently Audible, an Amazon company. Leading Talent Acquisition in-house provided a unique insight in to the strategic priorities of our clients and where search can fall short, Audeliss offers thoughtful partnership committed to creating an authentic, diverse and innovative workplace.

In addition to leading Audeliss and INvolve I also sit on the CEO council for NICSA/The Diversity Project and am co-Chair of the Advisory Council for WBC (The Womens Business Collaborative). I am an active member of Luminary NYC and am incredibly grateful for the ability to partner with a plethora of other non profit organizations as we collectively seek equal pay and opportunity for all.

We have experienced bold strides in diversity and inclusion over the past few decades but we still have a long road ahead! As a mother of two and a member of a mixed race family, our dual purpose to recruit and retain difference, resonates personally and professionally. We are committed to driving an agenda that will remove bias and expedite the pace of change.

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Alan Kamis

Vice President of Operational Excellence at NextGen Healthcare

Alan Kamis is the Vice President of Operational Excellence at NextGen Healthcare. Starting his career as a Paramedic within a University Health System, Alan learned the practical benefits of valuing outcomes over activities, leveraging trust as the cornerstone of leadership and using agility to prepare for uncertainty. After transitioning into Information Technology, he focused on project management, building PMO’s, and then organizational change and cultural transformation.

With a focus on being a trusted partner to the C-suite, a collaborator among business and technology leaders, and a mentor & coach to future leaders at every level, he not only helps others envision the future, but also leads them to pragmatically act in the here and now towards actualizing the future.

His previous positions include Vice President PMO & Technology Shared Services at the TriZetto Group; Director of Government Programs PMO, CVS Health; and Director, Emergency Medical Services.

Alan has spoken at Project World, the Global PMO Summit, and Catalyzing the Future, a global event involving thought leaders across the world in exploring the 2020 human crisis, as well has held workshops on topics such as “How to be more like a Goose than a Buffalo”, “Why colleagues choose not to collaborate” and “Closing the gap between Intentions and Outcomes”.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science, both from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.

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Todd Nilson

Digital Strategist, Online Community Builder and Entrepreneur

I translate digital strategy into specific and measurable actions for my customers who are local, national, and global. For over 10 years, I’ve helped dozens of customers to build thriving online communities and digital workplaces.

Who I’ve worked with: SAP, Humana, Facebook, Activision, Steelcase, SkyTV, Greenpeace and many other organizations, from startups through Fortune 1000s.

My customers have been located in: United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, China, Japan, and Australia.

Specialties: Digital Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Content Strategy, Event Marketing, Online Research, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Marketing Consulting, Business Consulting, and Management Consulting.

Some specific ways I can help:

  • Build effective data-driven digital marketing strategies for your business
  • Assess the strengths and weakness of your engagement and collaboration efforts
  • Spell out the value of online community and digital workplace platforms to executives
  • Provide an organized process for evaluating collaboration and community technology solutions
  • Oversee and guide social media campaign, digital platform, and website implementations
  • Measure the success of your digital efforts to drive behavior change for your target audience

I love to speak and write about digital strategy, social collaboration, community platforms, entrepreneurship, employer branding, and the future of work.

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Whit Raymond

Leadership Coach & Organizational Change Partner ✦ Developing Leaders ✦ Building Cultures

I coach individuals & teams to strengthen how they lead change. I am passionate about building healthier, more adaptive, productive teams that are guided by real leadership.

My interest comes from knowing that leadership is essential to making better organizations, better workplaces, and a better world. Those who experience strong leadership gain more personal gratification and have more meaningful impact in shaping their world in necessary, desired ways.


Over my 35 years in this profession, I have been directly involved in organizational change initiatives in large and small businesses including recently BlackRock Financial and Merrill Lynch.

I bring expertise in coaching, planning, guiding, and facilitating changes in an organizations’ direction, effectiveness, and culture.


  • Planning leadership initiatives
  • Building more collaborative cultures/workplaces
  • Management and leadership development
  • Team development
  • Cross-group partnering
  • Executive and management coaching and mentoring
  • Group coaching
  • Organization effectiveness
  • Change Management


I coach leaders to strengthen their acumen in activating people’s talents, creativity, and passions in pursuing common objectives. I also partner with these leaders in planning and orchestrating desired organizational changes.

WHO I WORK WITH: Two target audiences:

  • DECISION-MAKERS (heads of business groups/divisions and CEOs) who involve people in planning and implementing organizational changes.
  • Individuals with POTENTIAL TO BECOME CATALYSTS AND AGENTS OF CHANGE: managers, high potential contributors, millennials.


When not working, I am with my family, hiking, shooting photos, or studying how people heal and learn within social systems.

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Joey Reiman

Founder & Chairman, Brand New World

Brand New World Studios Founder and Chairman Joey Reiman is known globally as the “King of Corporate Purpose.” For the past twenty-five years, he has helped Fortune 500 companies discover, articulate and activate their company and brand purpose, revolutionizing the world of business. A best-selling author, TED speaker, and Professor at Emory University’s renowned Goizueta Business School, Fast Company magazine recently named Reiman one of the 100 people who will change the way the world thinks.

Most recently, Reiman served as Founder and Chairman of the global consultancy BrightHouse, a company devoted to bringing greater purpose to the business world. Over the past decade, the world’s most prestigious businesses, including American Express, Carlsberg, Delta Air Lines, Mercedes, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble and SunTrust, have adopted Reiman’s frameworks and methodologies for activating their company and brand purpose.

Reiman’s best-selling book, The Story of Purpose: The Path to Creating a Brighter Brand, a Greater Company and a Lasting Legacy follows in the tradition of his breakthrough business book, Thinking For a Living: Creating Ideas that Revitalize your Business, Career and Life, which created a global movement celebrating the power of ideas. His recent TED Talk, A Story of Purpose, brought this movement to the main stage.

Reiman is an institution at Emory University where he has been teaching creative and critical thinking at the Goizueta Business School since the 1990s. A frequent marketing and branding guest expert on CNN, Professor Philip Kotler calls Reiman, “The Moses of Marketing.” Reiman has been a pioneer in merging the fields of marketing and neuroscience and was recently named Senior Research Fellow at Emory University’s Medical School where he now partners with the university’s top neuroscientists for his ground-breaking research on the power of purpose.

After twenty years as BrightHouse Founder and CEO, Reiman and his consultancy joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to bring even greater purpose to companies around the world. In 2017, Reiman was named a BCG Fellow, a title reserved for the most accomplished thought leaders of their time.

In 2018, Reiman founded Brand New World Studios with the purpose of creating the most meaningful storytelling company in the world.

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Andrea Simon

A Corporate Anthropologist, Culture Change Expert, Futurist, Blue Ocean Strategist, Speaker, Podcaster, and Author Specializing in Helping People & Companies Change | Expanding a Global Mission of Women’s Empowerment.

ANDREA “Andi” SIMON, Ph.D., CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC), is a corporate anthropologist, culture change expert, and an explorer at heart. She is the architect of a global thought leadership platform that blends academic perspectives, depth and breadth of business experience, written work, new media expertise, and proven success in changing corporate cultures and growing businesses.

With the release of her latest book under the Fast Company imprint, “Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business,” Andi expands her mission focus to the world of women. She is launching new programs that aim to challenge women to debunk their own personal misconceptions, empower them to overcome long-standing gender biases, and inspire them to achieve their professional and personal best.

  • Before launching her business, Andi spent 20 years as a senior executive in financial services firms and healthcare systems during times of turbulent change for each of these industries.
  • Prior to her corporate career, she was a tenured professor of Anthropology and American Studies at Ramapo College in New Jersey, where she produced several TV series for CBS,  and she was a visiting professor teaching entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • As a corporate anthropologist, business consultant, and Mattone-trained executive coach, Andi brings keen observation and thoughtful insight to improving organizational culture, guiding leaders and their teams to breakthrough thinking and “aha moments” to increase change competency, unearth hidden areas of business value, and help them capitalize on their futures.
  • As a Blue Ocean Strategy® evangelist, a Certified Innovation Games® Facilitator, and expert in the application of the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI), Andi utilizes techniques that foster cross-functional collaboration and generate optimal solutions. She helps organizations and their teams see, feel, and think in new and creative ways and achieve a sustainable competitive edge in an ever-changing world.
  • As an award-winning author, international speaker, educator, podcaster, and media contributor, Andi inspires men and women in all walks of life to unleash their potential. She has appeared on network television, Bloomberg, and numerous media outlets and blogged for and

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Lisa Stone

Managing Director, WestRiver Group

Stone is a Managing Director at WestRiver Group (WRG), a Seattle-based venture, debt and equity company. A pioneer of social and digital media, prior to WRG, Stone was Co-Founder and CEO of BlogHer Inc., a first-of-its-kind social media publisher for women, later merged with SheKnows Media to build one of the largest women’s lifestyle digital media companies. She also served as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Ellevest, an investing and financial planning platform for women, and Vice President of Programming for, a Hearst Corporation-backed publishing network.

At WRG, Stone co-leads the Opportunity sector with Erik Anderson, leveraging her experience launching and leading disruptive enterprise and consumer technology platforms, products and businesses to opportunistically co-invest alongside WRG’s Acceleration Funds.

Stone is the recipient of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur Award and was recognized by Fast Company on its 100 Most Creative People in Business list. A former journalist who was awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University, Stone has contributed to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and CNN. Today, she is a member of the Committee of 200.

Stone sits on the Board of Directors of Singularity University as well as other private startups and non-profits. She holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Wellesley College.

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Gwen Young

Global Business Leader, International Development, Humanitarian Affairs, Strategy, Advocacy, Policy, Gender Equity, Social Impact

I am a Global Professional with experience in international development and relief, gender equity, social impact and policy. I have exceptional strategy, advocacy, partnership building and management skills accompanied by passion and leadership savvy has allowed me to be innovate and develop playbooks and platforms to ensure maximum impact. My expertise in strategic goal setting and policy development has positioned me to drive key short and long term planning for collaboration, as well as counsel high profile leadership on issues of emergency response, public health, public policy, leadership, gender equity, and humanitarian aid.

Working across sectors as manager, advocate, business development leader and strategic planner, I always aim to deliver impact in international development, humanitarian service delivery and humanitarian, human rights, international criminal and corporate law.

An alumna of Smith College, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the University of California Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., School of Law, I am also a member of various international legal organizations and bars and sit on boards focusing on ensuring equal opportunities for all.

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